Monthly Archives: June 2012

First Page Nerves

Whenever I critique or edit a manuscript I find that the first chapter, and the first page especially, is invariably the weakest. It is as if the writer is suffering from stage fright: their words come out in a ghastly … Continue reading

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Bad editing

I was interested to read a recent review of Nadine Gordimer’s latest novel, No Time Like the Present. Hannah McGill in Scotland on Sunday said that Gordimer’s writing often tips into ‘straight-up incomprehensibility’. And there was the speculation that her … Continue reading

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